JOYCE VOX

Joyce Vox lives in Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, where she is surrounded by fans of traditional Cape Breton fiddle music and old country western.

"Actually I like both of those, too," she says. "I just don't play either. I grew up listening to a lot of folk music - the Rankin Family, the Barra MacNeils, Stan Rogers, Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, the Cape Breton Summertime Revue, Evans and Doherty, Buddy Wasisname. Songwriting is a big part of that tradition, and a lot of those people mix comic and serious material really well. And most of them played locally, too, so I would get to see them live. They have had a huge influence on me."

She speaks Scottish Gaelic and has begun experimenting with making songs in that language as well.

"Learning Gaelic is actually one of the things that got me started on singing," she says. "Everyone can sing in Gaelic. Having the best voice isn't the point. If you can remember the words, if you can express the feeling of the song, if you can get a swinging rhythm going, then you can sing."

Joyce Vox began writing songs in 2011, after a lifetime of scribbling poems.

"Songwriting is a way of turning poetry into something that people will listen to."